Teacher Time – Day 6

And here we are… our final day of Teacher Time 2012! TGIF, too! And 2 weeks of school under our belt in my house. (Of course, the routine isn't sticking quite yet but we're working on it!)

I'd like to thank Jennie for a fabulous blog share/hop/link for the past two weeks. Without her, I wouldn't have made anything!

Our last theme for Teacher Time is to incorporate a die cut somewhere in your project. Hmm, well. I don't think I use them that much anymore so I had to "cheat" and figure out what to do. I stood in my studio and did a 360 to see if anything jumped out at me to use. Aha! My accucut machine was calling to me. I had a custom die made a few years ago. It is a wine bottle tag or can be used for anything really. I like it and think it's useful (when used… ha ha ha). So, I grabbed it and made a quick tag to go on my project.

I got one of those metal square tins from the $1 spot at Target the other day. I filled it with some Bath & Body Works lotion (cotton breeze!), kleenex, CHOCOLATE, Advil, mints and some hand santizer. Just a quick thing for a teacher's desk. And of course, the tag to say THANK YOU!


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Thanks so much for joining us for Teacher Time 2012. First go check out Jennie's wonderful creations and then get inspired and give your teachers a little something to brighten their day. Their job is hard and so important!

Happy Weekend!

stamps by Paper Smooches


Teacher Time – Day 4

Happy Labor Day to all my USA friends & family! Happy last day of summer for so many of my mom friends and teachers! We are a week into school, as you know. And I'm hoping that our schedule firms up a bit and isn't NEARLY as painful as last week. First week always does ME in. The boys, however, love it. They love their teachers (as I do!) and they are happy to have a routine and see their friends.

So, it's day 4 of our Teacher Time fun. Jennie and I really are having fun showing you what we've made for our teachers. I am a little late to getting my posted today though. Our theme today is 3×3 cards. You know, as a gift set. I seem to have a problem and just can't do 1 of anything. I decided that my boy's special area teachers needed some love. They have different music, art, and p.e. teachers this year. So, yes, that's 6 more teachers! I love it though. And I can't imagine that my oldest will let me get away with this when he goes to middle school next year. So, I'm going to savor every last minute of it.

I did 6 sets of 4 cards each…




I just love 3×3 cards. They are really the perfect size. Don't forget to check out Jennie's fabulous creations. 

This project fits the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week, too. How fun!


Stamps by Paper Smooches and Hero Arts
Neon ink (pink!) by Hero Arts
Cardstock by A Muse Artstamps (retired), Archivers (already cut in 3×3 with envelopes!)

Teacher Time – Day 3

Today's theme for Teacher Time is a pack of thank you cards. Who doesn't like thank you cards? Oh, my boy's don't like to write them. We are still (STILL!) working on that. Anyway, it's day 3 of Teacher Time, where Jennie and I show you some of the fun stuff we've made for our teachers. She's smarter than I am, she keeps these gifts for later during the year and has them ready for whenever.  I can't do that. I make. Then I give. Immediately. Day of.  I'm horrible at keeping gifts for holidays or birthdays too. I want to always give them RIGHT away. 

My oldest started 5th grade this week. And he has 3 teachers that he switches between each day. They are trying to prep the kids for Middle School. MIDDLE.SCHOOL!!!! ACK. Anyway, so now I make 4 gifts just for the primary teachers (3 for him and 1 for the other). And this year, both my boys have DIFFERENT special area teachers… so that's 6 more. I haven't done anything for them yet. Soon…

My made 4 packs in a jiffy last night (because soccer started this week too! x 2 boys). I'm ready for summer vacation ;).  Jiffy will be my new word this year…


I thought the lady bugs were cute. They have diamond glaze/crystal effects on them to make them a bit 3-d and shiny.

Head on over to Jennie's blog and see what she's come up with for Teacher Time. Cute stuff!

We are going to do 3 more days of Teacher Time (M, W, F) of next week. See you then!

Stamps by Paper Smooches, lady bug retired from A Muse Artstamps

Teacher Time – Day 1

It's the first day of school again. My boys think the fact that Phineas & Ferb get 104 days and that we don't is pretty unfair. Usually, I'm ready for them to go back by this time of the summer but not this year. I just want to hang on to summer a little longer. So, my boys enter 5th and 1st grades today. SO weird. Seems unreal.

Anyway, as school starts, it means that my good friend, Jennie and I do our annual blog hop (is it hopping if there are only 2 of us? maybe it's blog sharing?) of Teacher specific cards and gifts.  We call it Teacher Time. 

For day 1, our focus was gift card holders…

This is Texas. It's still very hot outside. Around these parts, Amy's Ice Cream is pretty well known. It's my favorite, too!  So, I thought the teachers would like a little something cool and sweet to celebrate the start of school. 


I hope you enjoy are Teacher Time blog share :). Go give Jennie some love and see what she's up to.

stamps by Paper Smooches and Cornish Heritage Farms (Kim Hughes)
paper retired by A Muse Artstamps
baker's twine
SU! punch
Love Me Tape – school

Teacher Time! – Day 4 (even though it’s day 5…)

OOPS. I'm a big loser. I didn't get around to posting yesterday. SORRY JENNIE! I'll make up for it. Today I'll post day 4 even though technically it is day 5. And I'll post day 5 by Tuesday (maybe even this weekend if I get my act together!). Be sure to check out Jennie's blog for our week of teacher time ideas! She's so clever!

Well, my day 4 project is really fun and I loved putting it together. I hope the teachers liked them. The are Survival Kits for their classrooms. I used these bead organizers from Michael's and filled them with all sorts of goodies. Used my Silhouette SD to cut the vinyl out!

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They include: highlighters, personalized pencils (with "from my son's name" on them from Oriental Trading), wipes, sanitizer, advil/tylenol, mints, cotton swabs, paper clips, binder clips, mini stapler with staples, bookmarks, liquid paper (does anyone use this anymore?), mini post-its, CHOCOLATE (of course!), pencil sharpener, band-aids, floss, and a Listerine pocket pac.

Fun, eh? I will be back with one more teacher gift sometime soon! Thanks for checking in!

End of School Teacher Gifts!

My oldest has exactly 1 month left of school. I'm not sure who is more ready for summer, he or I. But first, teacher gifts. I've been collecting the "stuff" for teacher gifts for almost a month now. I knew what I wanted to make but I had to find all the stuff first. And I had to start early because I'm hoping to give 20 of these out this year. It's our last year at preschool and we'll miss many of the great teachers there and well, my son's elementary school is like my 2nd home.

So, here it is… it's a little summer package to wish the teachers a happy one:

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The contents include: Margarita Mix (YEAH!), chocolate (Of course!), lip balm SPF 30, mango scented hand santizer, lotion, and sunscreen! Teachers work so hard – I hope they get some time this summer to just relax. Hardest thing to find was the Margarita Mix! Thank goodness for Spec's!

The container is made from another Accucut die, called bag & tuck close #2. It is the largest bag/box die I own. It is very tall and could hold a small bottle of something. I like that! 😉

Now that I have one done, the other 19 should be a breeze, right? Heh heh.

Have a great week!


More school thank you gifts…

DSC_0162 copy (Small) Hey, look, it's more jelly beans! 🙂 I told you the jelly beans were a deal!

Our program the other day at school was such a great success because we had so many volunteers turn out. I attribute that the improved communications we have going on there.

Anyway, we wanted to thank all the volunteers for helping make our program so successful. I found DSC_0163 (Small) these tins in the wedding/baby shower aisle at Target a few months back. The were on clearance 20 for $6. WOHOO!. I ended up making 30 of these in no time flat! Used my prima flower stash, too! And some gems I bought from Taylored Expressions a LONG time ago. See, I'm using up stuff! The thanks sentiment is from A Muse. Seriously fast and hopefully still cute!

Happy Saturday!